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La Cueva, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

Elevation 7890 ft

Winter Snow, Summer Perfect


Due to the high fire danger, STAGE TWO fire restrictions are in effect as of Monday, May 7, 2018 8:00 am. No campfires, wood or charcoal, are allowed anywhere in the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District. Propane grills and stoves are allowed. Please be careful. Full information about Stage Two fire restrictions can be found here:


Rain Yesterday… .38

Year To Date…  .58


Rain Total 2017…11.73

Rain Total 2016…12.05

Rain Total 2015… 20.90



Snow Yesterday… 0

Brannock Wright With Dad At The Kid’s Pond

Season To Date…  0


Snow Total 2017/18…35″

Snow Total 2016/17…96″

 Snow Total 2015/16…97″     

 Snow Total 2014/15…85″

Snow Total 2013/14…26″

Snow Total 2012/13…76″

Snow Total 2011/12…96″

Snow Total 2010/11…98″


Yesterday’s High… 71

This Morning’s Low… 31

Today… Sunshine, Pleasant

  *****SPRING CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES***** Vista Linda Campground (13 sites) is open throughout the year for overnight camping. Fenton Lake State Park is open for camping (45 Sites) and  all recreational activities. Jemez Falls Campground (52 Sites) is open by reservation only  effective Saturday, May 19th. San Antonio Campground is open by reservation only effective Friday, May 18th. Paliza Campground is open for first come, first served camping effective Friday, May 18th. Redondo Campground will open effective Friday, May 25th. Forest Road 10, FR376 (South of Hwy 126) FR144 and FR378  are open for the season effective Monday, April 16th for dispersed camping opportunities. Remember…absolutely no fires are allowed while recreating in the Santa Fe National Forest (stage TWO fire restrictions).


Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 363 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our summer hours are 8:30 am to 8:00 pm every day. Come on in and say hi. We’d love to see you.


*****CURRENT FIRE DANGER***** VERY HIGH——————————– As of Friday, May 11, 2018  8:00 am  the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been rated as VERY HIGH.  Stage TWO fire restrictions are in effect.

 *****CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS***** You may reserve campground space at both Jemez Falls and San Antonio Campgrounds at the following webpage:


*****WATER ALERT*****  If you are planning to camp the Jemez any time of the year, please fill up your water tanks in your campers and RVs prior to coming to the Jemez. There are limited opportunities here in the Jemez. As of today (May 17) there is no water available at Jemez Falls or San Antonio Campgrounds.


*****The NEW LICENSE YEAR*****  began on April 1, 2018. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New Mexico. License fees remain the same. $35 for an adult resident and $11 for a junior (age 12-17)  resident. Kids (11 and under) fish free as do adults over the age of 70. There is a senior license for those age 65-69 for $18. All fees above include the required habitat stamps. NMDGF is now offering discounted licenses for New Mexico resident veterans and active duty military. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store or you can purchase your license online at Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.


*****ROAD CONDITIONS***** All highways within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District are open. Use caution on State Hwy 126 from La Cueva to Cuba, a distance of 40 miles, it is open but may be muddy in spots. It is not recommended for trailers, semis or highway motorcycles. Forest road 10, FR376 (south of Hwy 126) FR144, FR 314 and FR378 are open effective Monday, April 16th. Forest Rd 376 north of Hwy 126 to San Antonio Hot Spring will remain closed until July 1st.



*****CAMPGROUNDS***** Campgrounds are open as specified. 


Vista Linda Campground….Open Year-Round (first come, first served)

Redondo Campground…  Will Be Open for Camping On Friday, May 25th (first come, first served) 

Jemez Falls Campground….Open By Reservation Only Effective Saturday, May 19, 2018  

San Antonio Campground…. Open By Reservation Only Effective Friday, May 18th

Paliza Campground.…Open For  Camping Effective Friday, May 18th (first come, first served)

Fenton Lake State Park….Fully Open 

Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Open

Battleship Rock Picnic Area…Opening May 25th

La Cueva Picnic Area….Opening May 25th 

Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Open effective April 14, 2018

Spence Hot Spring Access and Parking Area….Open 

Dark Canyon Fishing Access….Open, Rincon Fishing Access….Open, River’s Bend Fishing Access…Open, Las Casitas Fishing Access…Open, The Bluffs Fishing Access…Open, San Diego Fishing Access…Open, La Junta Fishing Access…Now Open. Fishing on the lower Jemez is good throughout the spring and early summer and can be accessed many places other than the Forest Service parking areas.

Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….Opening May 25, 2018. Trails are open for public use, including trails to Jemez Falls, McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring.


*****FIRE RESTRICTIONS*****  Stage Two  fire restrictions are now in effect within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District. Fire danger is rated as VERY HIGH.


*****AMANDA’S***** Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store, located at the junction of Hwy 4 and 126 (the turnoff to Fenton Lake), is open from 8:30am till 8:00 pm everyday. (summer hours)